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Umut Sarpel

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  • American Board of Surgery


  • MD, S.U.N.Y, Buffalo - School of Med & Biomed Sciences

  • Residency, General Surgery
    Mount Sinai Hospital

  • Fellowship, Surgical Oncology
    Mount Sinai Hospital


    Umut Sarpel, M.D. is a board-certified Surgeon who specializes in Surgical Oncology.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree with distinction in research from the University of Rochester.  She earned her medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and completed her residency at one of the top General Surgery Programs in the country, The Mount Sinai Medical Center.  Dr. Sarpel then pursued an additional two years of specialty training in the field of Surgical Oncology while attaining a Masters of Science in Clinical Research.  She is a member of the American College of Surgeons, Society of Surgical Oncology, the American HepatoPancreatoBiliary Association, as well as the International Liver Cancer Association.

    Dr. Sarpel performs a wide range of both open surgery and advanced laparoscopic procedures, in addition to offering Heated Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) for select patients with peritoneal malignancies.  A compelling story of Dr. Sarpel with one of her patients was recently featured in the book "Twelve Patients.” 

    Dr. Sarpel has published several articles in the fields of surgical oncology, hepatobiliary surgery, and healthcare disparities.  She is a recent recipient of a grant from the National Cancer Institute to investigate disparities in the treatment of Hepatocellular Carcinoma, the second leading cause of death from cancer in the world. 

    Dr. Sarpel is also heavily involved in medical student education and has won multiple teaching awards.  She recently published a book for medical students, entitled "Surgery: An Introductory Guide."



  • 2013 -
    The Medical Student Teaching Award in Surgery
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY

  • 2010 -
    Fellow of the American College of Surgeons

  • 2007 -
    House Staff Award for Excellence in Teaching
    The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY

  • 2006 -
    The Medical Student Teaching Award in Surgery
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY

  • 2006 -
    Humanism and Excellence in Teaching - Certificate of Honorable Mention
    Mount Sinai Medical Center, Department of Surgery, New York, NY

  • 2006 -
    Award for Outstanding Teaching
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine


Melis M, Marcon F, Masi A, Pinna A, Sarpel U, Miller G, Moore H, Cohen S, Berman R, Pachter HL, Newman E. The safety of a pancreaticoduodenectomy in patients older than 80 years: risk vs. benefits. HPB : the official journal of the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association 2012 Sep; 14(9).

Kalet A, Ellaway RH, Song HS, Nick M, Sarpel U, Hopkins MA, Hill J, Plass JL, Pusic MV. Factors influencing medical student attrition and their implications in a large multi-center randomized education trial. Advances in health sciences education : theory and practice 2012 Aug;.

Huz JI, Melis M, Sarpel U. Spontaneous regression of hepatocellular carcinoma is most often associated with tumour hypoxia or a systemic inflammatory response. HPB : the official journal of the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association 2012 Aug; 14(8).

Leng J, Lee T, Sarpel U, Lau J, Li Y, Cheng C, Chang MD, Gany F. Identifying the informational and psychosocial needs of Chinese immigrant cancer patients: a focus group study. Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer 2012 Apr;.

Sarpel U, Melis M, Newman E, Pachter HL, Berman RS. The Development of a Peritoneal Surface Malignancy Program: a Tale of Three Hospitals. Journal of cancer education : the official journal of the American Association for Cancer Education 2012 Apr;.

Lee E, Leon Pachter H, Sarpel U. Hepatic arterial embolization for the treatment of metastatic neuroendocrine tumors. International journal of hepatology 2012; 2012.

Wan DW, Tzimas D, Smith JA, Kim S, Araujo J, David R, Lobach I, Sarpel U. Risk factors for early-onset and late-onset hepatocellular carcinoma in Asian immigrants with hepatitis B in the United States. The American journal of gastroenterology 2011 Nov; 106(11).

Melis M, Marcon F, Masi A, Sarpel U, Miller G, Moore H, Cohen S, Berman R, Pachter HL, Newman E. Effect of intra-operative fluid volume on peri-operative outcomes after pancreaticoduodenectomy for pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Journal of surgical oncology 2012 Jan; 105(1).

Wich LG, Ma MW, Price LS, Sidash S, Berman RS, Pavlick AC, Miller G, Sarpel U, Goldberg JD, Osman I. Impact of socioeconomic status and sociodemographic factors on melanoma presentation among ethnic minorities. Journal of community health 2011 Jun; 36(3).

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Dr. Sarpel did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2015 and/or 2016: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

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